Sunday, January 01, 2012

The Sixth Annual, Random Happenstance, Year in Toys!

Another year down! It wasn't the best year ever, but most of the big problems I had this year were more inconvenient than anything, so I can't complain. Especially when I look at the big pile of toys from 2011!

For new readers: next to my desk at work is a little yellow notebook, in which I have been keeping a running total of every action figure or toy I buy. I started December 2005 and haven't filled it yet, so apparently I'm not buying enough figures. Hopefully, each entry has the figure, the line, the price, and where I bought it; and possibly a link to a cartoon or strip that toy was used in. (Unless that figure's unloved or unphotogenic, I guess.) Totals will usually include postage and tax.

As always, most of this list was kept up at, and here's links for 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, and 2006. Six years of data...of my spending habits, which probably tells you nothing, but still.

1-15 Toycom Dark Angel Dark and Leen figures, $7.95 +$9.00 postage, eBay.


And a G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra Night Raven, $7.50, Target.

1-20 DC Universe Classics Superboy, $3.75; Iron Man Mark V, $2.25, Wal-Mart.

1-28 Masters of the Universe Classics Vikor, $31.20,

1-31 DC Direct gold Cyborg, $1.99+$3 postage, eBay.

2-28 DCUC Creeper (loose, no C&C), $10.50 with postage, eBay.

3-2 2 Sectaurs (Dargon and Zak, I think) $2 + $3.76 postage, eBay.

3-17 Merlin, $12.99 + $7.99 postage, eBay.

3-19 Optikk, vintage from New Adventures of He-Man. $.49 plus $3 postage, $3.49, eBay.

3-25 MOTU 200X Buzz-off, $11.25 with postage, eBay.

3-31 Excalibur minimates, $17.99, the Comic Book Shop.

Megamind Minion, $6.99, Toys R Us.

DCUC Jonah Hex, $5 + $6.50 postage, eBay. (No Bane part.)

4-7 DCGL2 Star Sapphire, $14.99 ($16.20 with tax), Wal-Mart.

4-18 Marvel Universe Loki/Savage Frost Giant, $24.96 ($27.13 with tax) Wal-Mart.

4-24 Warlands Elessa, $.99 (plus $3.00 postage) eBay.

5-18 Green Lantern Kyle Rayner, $15.49; movie GL Isamot Kol, $5.99; Kmart, total $23.35.

5-21 Marvel Legends Man-Thing, $10; WildC.A.T.s Warblade, Maul, and Grifter, $9 total; Spokane Comicon.

5-26 Zizzle Nightcrawler, $1.61, eBay.

6-24 DC Direct Superman: New Krypton Mon-El, $3, Hastings.

7-7 2 Hot Wheels Batman: Arkham Asylum Batmobiles, $2.33, Walmart.

7-15 DCD Nekron, $5 (after credit), Hastings.

7-18 Batman: Brave&Bold Solomon Grundy, $3, Ross.

7-21 DCUC Trigon head and leg, $.99+5.99 shipping, $6.98 total, eBay.

7-28 Green Lantern Rot Lop Pan Movie Masters, $3.98, Target. ($4.33 w/tax.)

8-7 B'dg, Despotellis, and Dex-starr, $9.40, Wal-Mart.

8-8 Batman Legacy: Catman, $17.38, Kmart.

8-11 G'hu, $9.40, Wal-Mart.

8-12 Stel head/pelvis, legs, spare arm, $8.56+$6 postage, eBay.

8-29 GL2 Medphyll (Naut Kei Loi), $4.50, Wal-Mart.

9-5 ThunderCats Classic Lion-O, $19.99; Marvel Minimates Nightcrawler/Psylocke, $7.49; total $29.87, Toys R Us.

9-10 Indie Spotlight Kabuki, $4.25, Hastings.

9-15 Iron Man Titanium Man, $14.04, Wal-Mart.

9-28 IM War Machine, $14.04, Wal-Mart.

9-30 Marvel Universe Goliath/Clor, $13, Wal-Mart.

10-3 Thundarr the Barbarian, Princess Ariel, and Ookla the Mok. (2004, Toynami) $46.99 plus $8.95 shipping, eBay.

10-8 DCUC Hourman, Tyr, $10.80 total, Wal-Mart.

11-11 DCUC Lord Naga (Kobra), $16.99, Target.

11-13 DCUC Cheetah (classic) $4.64, Green Lantern Movie Masters Hal Jordan, $5.09; K-Mart. (Closeout, last day.)

11-28 Shocker ShadowHawk, $2.49; Watchmen classic Nite Owl (should have been Modern!) $2.49; $7.94 with postage, Slightly disappointed to get classic, but haven't bothered to send it back...

11-30 2 GL Kronas, $3.50 each, $7.56, Target.

12-3 Young Justice Artemis, $10.80, Target.

12-22 Shocker Shadowhawk (silver), $3.25, Free postage!

12-26 DCUC Crime Syndicate 5-pack, $37.40, Wal-Mart.

12-28 DC GL Medphyll; Minimates Armored Thor/Beta Ray Bill: free with giftcards, Toys R Us. Got a couple freebies from my bank's rewards program, so yay!

2011 total: (as of 12-26) $564.71. 2010: $966.10. 2009: $558.16. 2008: $555.16. 2007: $426.00. 2006: $620.00.

One of the things I wanted to do this year was fight on only one front: I made a conscious decision to stick for the most part to DCUC/Marvel Legend scale figures. No G.I. Joes, no Star Wars, the only Marvel Universe figures this year were in the Gigantic Battles series. I'm hoping my resolve holds up on that.

I'm looking forward to the return of Marvel Legends in 2012, since the next couple of DCUC offerings--the "All-Stars"--don't really appeal to me. I'm hoping to keep getting figures that are new to me; characters I haven't had before. We'll see!


SallyP said...

Man, that's a lot of toys. I envy much.

I have got to get more Green Lantern figures! I now have Arisia, Soranik, the new Guy and a Green Sinestro. That Stel figure, and the Medphyll are fabulous however. Then I'll get some Guardians and beat them up! Bwhahahaha!

Dale Bagwell said...

Damn you goo for being so funny! I'm glad you did what I couldn't and got that SS/CSA joke out of the way like we discussed. Loved the Creeper/Hex moment as well; great now I'm kinda' being forced to buy Creeper! Although he could double for the Joker though huh?

The Power ring skit was funny as fuck too! opps, sorry language!

Hell they were all funny! And that good sir is why I bow to you when it comes to these things. I just make/made inappropriate comments, while you stay classically funny.

Anonymous said...

Where did you get the CSA action figures? I really really like the CSA and Green Lantern jokes! Give us more!